A new series of fantasy books for young readers explores the subjects of climate change and conservation. Set in the Pacific Northwest, stick creatures called Twigs battle a changing climate wreaking havoc on their old growth forest. The books are illustrated by Disney artist DW Murray. There are four books in the series to date. Each one takes on a different subject, using a conservation issue as the problem the characters must face.
“Leaf & the Rushing Waters” takes a look at how beaver dams solve flood and drought made extreme by climate change. Goliath beavers must battle a glacial outburst. The situation is based upon fact; one beaver dam in Alberta is twice the length of Hoover Dam, and seen from space.
“With her Twig tales, Jo Marshall has done something amazing—tie a story of epic adventure to a naturally anchored account of environmental awareness – all tailored to the fresh, engaging mind of the youngster,” says the President of Martinez Beavers, Dr. Heidi Perryman.
“Leaf & the Sky of Fire” is set in the dying forests in British Columbia where bark beetles infested millions of trees, and trapped desperate Twigs. A foolhardy hero flies off into the eerily-real world of climate change catastrophe
“Leaf & the Long Ice” and “Leaf & Echo Peak” are due out in 2013, and take place on the alarming, rapidly shrinking glaciers of active volcanoes.
“The educational value of these books cannot be underestimated especially at a time when we desperately need to create a culture that is committed to protecting our natural wonders,” says Dr. David Edwards, Manager of Education for The British Columbia Wildlife Park Kamloops.
As a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, author Jo Marshall shares her royalties with conservation-oriented nonprofits. The books can be ordered from Amazon and B&N or from www.twigstories.com.
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